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Tools in support of electronic crime investigations

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64 pages

The goal of this thesis is to develop new tools for non-technical law enforcement agents to respond effectively to electronic crimes.


The authors present two tools: one that combats online predators and cyber-stalking and a second tool that automates a law enforcement officer's workflow in investigating email-based frauds, threats, or attacks. In this manuscript the authors discuss the general limitation of law enforcement in investigating cybercrimes, the laws and privacy concerns that constrain the scope of the authors’ tools, the crimes they are combating, and the implementation of the Predator and Prey Alert System (PAPA) and Undercover Multipurpose Anti-Spoofing Kit (UnMask) as developed for the National Institute of Justice. (Published abstract provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2007